October 1, 2016

Law Unfairly Gave Shale Drillers ‘Special’ Treatment, PA Supreme Court Rules

Court declares that Act 13 is an unconstitutional “special law” that benefits specific groups or industries
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2016

Download the Court’s decision as a pdf.
Download a related article from the Observer-Reporter as a pdf.
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Judge Blocks Central California Oil Development Over Fracking

Bureau of Land Management did not properly explore the potential dangers of fracking
By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2016

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from opening more than 1 million acres in Central California to oil drilling because the … Continue reading

NYC Bans Use and Disposal of Fracking Waste Water

Bill prohibiting the disposal or use of fracking waste water within NYC limits passes the City Council
RT, August 17,2016

Barbara Arrindell, director of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), and I, DCS Board Member Marge Schab, started with this idea of banning frack waste disposal or use in NYC Continue reading

Damascus Citizens Reviewing Pond Eddy Bridge Permits, Process

Critics have long said the new bridge is not needed, is too expensive and the construction will play havoc with the environment
By Fritz Mayer, The River Reporter, August 4, 2016

The history of the proposal to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge is fraught with groups attempting to halt the … Continue reading

VICTORY in Landmark Climate Case!

FEDERAL COURT AFFIRMS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF KIDS and DENIES MOTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY IN YOUTH’S CLIMATE CHANGE CASE
By Our Children’s Trust, April 8, 2016

Read the full press release here.
Read the Court’s order here.

Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal … Continue reading

Oil Workers Say Their Pay Was Stolen Before the Bust

Federal records show oil and gas companies are among the top violators of wage laws – particularly in not paying overtime
By Dan Boyce, Marketplace, March 8, 2016

Continuing low oil prices have left tens of thousands of oil workers out of a job. Now, a growing number of oil … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

Driller Must Pay for Dimock, PA, Contamination

$4.24M Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas for polluting wells in Dimock
By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E Publishing, March 10, 2016

Note from Barbara Arrindell, Director of Damascus Citizens:
“The industry knew all this and fought for decades to get the exemptions in the Bush/Cheney 2005 Energy Bill which they
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PA State Board OKs New Oil and Gas Regulations

Major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations approved
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 3, 2016

Pennsylvania’s environmental rule-making body approved major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations on Wednesday at the end of a heated three-hour meeting when critics of the rules called … Continue reading

PA Fracker Can’t Keep Pollution Tests From Residents

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other pollution tests that a consultant performed at company gas wells and related facilities
By Matt Fair, Law360, January 29, 2016

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other Continue reading